Archives for November 2012

Falling in Love with Fruit: A Thai Love Story

At home, I am generally not a fruit person. If you know me, you would know the following to be true: put a strawberry, watermelon, grape, cantaloupe, or banana  in front of me, and I’m likely to bat it away with my fork and refuse to eat it. For some reason, melons, strawberries, bananas, and I just don’t get along as much as I'd like. In … [Read more...]

A Photo Essay of Thai Street Markets

When you're visiting a Thai street market (especially the Damnoen Saduak floating market, which you'll find about 100 miles south of Bangkok), leave your notebook at home. It's a camera and a nose you'll want to bring with you on this trip. Enjoy this photo essay of some of my favorite shots from our trip to Damnoen Saduak, which is, of course, … [Read more...]

Life Lessons at Wat Po Monastery

I did something forbidden today simply because I’m clumsy. Ask anyone who knows me (Ryan, my fiancé, could certainly attest to this): come near me and I’m bound to bump into you. It’s like I have some sort of people-radar (or wall-radar, or door-radar, or anything-else-radar). If I’m walking next to, toward, behind, or in front of something, I will … [Read more...]

The Seeing-Eye Girl Sees Bangkok for the First Time

I am doing something I know I should feel shameful about, but I'm not sure how to remedy it. This has been happening a lot, actually, since I started reading critically about the practice of travel writing. So what am I doing that seems so shameful? Well, I'm merely looking outside the window of my hotel at the beautiful, haunting Chao Phraya … [Read more...]

Champagne, A Massage Chair, and Fuzzy Slippers

I am actually kind of uncomfortable because I am entirely too comfortable. I am sitting in a big purple seat with plush pink pillows that reclines all the way down into a bed, and because I realized about twenty minutes ago that my seat has a massage option, I have been getting a nice, firm backrub for about nineteen minutes. I am sipping a glass … [Read more...]

Kristin, Meet Your New Passport. Passport, Meet Kristin.

The picture you see here is  *almost* the reason that I couldn't accept this incredibly awesome gig in Thailand this week. My passport, you ask? Yes, my passport. And no, I hadn't let it expire, I hadn't lost it in the move, and I hadn't accidentally taken Ryan's to the airport instead. Instead, I'd been invited to come and see a country that … [Read more...]